He’s among the franchise’s all-time leaders in nearly every category and played a pivotal role in bringing two Kelly Cups to Boise. In February he takes his rightful place among the banners in CenturyLink Arena when his number 12 becomes just the fourth retired jersey in Idaho Steelheads history.
On February 3rd, Scott Burt joins Cal Ingraham, Jeremy Mylymok, and Marty Flichel as the only players immortalized on the wall of CenturyLink Arena, and the first since 2015. Burt played his last game as a Steelhead in 2007, but his impact and contributions to the franchise are still palpable at the rink every day.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring Scott back and honor him on this special occasion,” said Steelheads President Eric Trapp. “Scott is responsible for some of the greatest moments in the history of our organization, and it’s wonderful that we can bring him back so that we and our fans can thank him properly.”
Burt’s tenure with the Steelheads spanned both the WCHL and ECHL eras. The former assistant captain and co-captain played in 403 regular-season games in Idaho, trailing only Flichel on the all-time list. Burt also totaled 111 goals and 250 points, ranked third all-time.
“As a hockey player you want to be known as a good teammate, a hard worker, and an all-around nice guy,” said Burt. “Having your jersey retired means the most as a hockey player. All the hard work and dedication has paid off with this achievement and recognition. Being able to join the other three guys is an honor, and what they have done in their careers means a ton.”
Burt was a teammate of all three men to have their numbers retired, and he is one of only three players that were a part of both Kelly Cup championship teams. He added another ring before his career was through, becoming one of just five players in ECHL history to win the Kelly Cup three times.
“I’m most proud of winning two championships in Boise,” said Burt. “But if you look back we were close two other times as well, losing in a Game 7 and a double overtime in Game 6,” said Burt, reminiscing on Idaho’s close brush with glory in the WCHL days. “Those were hard, but also important for us learning how to win.”
It’s a night for Steelheads fans to remember their favorite Scott Burt moments, much like they did last spring when Scott was named a member of the 20th Anniversary All-Time Team and returned to Boise for the alumni game. Burt will have an opportunity to relive a few of his own personal highlights as well.
“For me I think scoring the double-overtime goal in Game 3 against Florida ranks high on my list, along with winning 1-0 and then winning two Cups. Winning the first one at home was great for the hockey community.”
“Boise and the Steelheads are a huge part of my hockey career and life. I’ve made a ton of friends and always look forward coming back here. This honor means so much to me and my family and I’m speechless, which is hard to do.”
He won’t be speechless for the banner-raising ceremony, when he’ll be able to address fans and former teammates from his playing days. While much of the evening celebrates the past, it’s also a special night for the Steelheads of present day.
“It shows the history of excellence for the Idaho Steelhead organization. It shows the history of excellent character players who really ingrained themselves not only to the organization but to the community,” said Steelheads Head Coach Neil Graham.
“I’ve had limited interaction and I still know what he means to this organization and this fan base. That’s something that is very special and when our players and our staff are around these events and can meet a player who had a big impact, it’s special for all of us.”
Burt is a coach himself these days, serving behind the bench as an assistant coach for the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League and preparing young players for a future in pro hockey. Although the ceremony focuses on his playing days, the honor applies to his day job as well.
“I’ve had the opportunity to play pro hockey and now coach a lot of players that have moved on from the WHL and ECHL,” said Burt. “This just means they can look back at the work I put in as a player and coach and know that the hard work and dedication means something.”
The talent of the company that he joins is not lost on Scott, either. He knows firsthand what those players meant to hockey in the Treasure Valley and is proud to be listed among them.
“Joining these guys means a lot and having been able to play and win with them is huge,” said Burt. “Cal was probably the most skilled player around the net I have ever seen, and with the best hands. Flichel played hard every night with a cannon of a shot, and Mylsy was the ultimate leader on and off the ice that I looked up too and learned from.”
On February 3rd, all eyes will be on Burt, even if he will be thinking of others.
“If I didn’t play with great teammates, I wouldn’t be where I am today. It’s because of them that I had success.”